Thursday, August 13, 2015

Bog Asphodel


These beautiful bog asphodel, Narthecium ossifragum, were photographed when my friend Ian was visiting from France back in July. It was the same camera that took those extraordinary photos of the swallowtail caterpillar but without the fancy post-production. Still impressive I think. The orange anthers are striking, as are the hairy filaments and general delicate beauty of the inflorescence.
Although widespread in the north and west of Britain, they are relatively rare in the south, confined as they are to acid bogs, wet heaths and flushes.
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